Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2010. Development Editor, California Law Review.
  •  Columbia University, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 2004. Phi Beta Kappa.

Admissions

  • California, 2010
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Jenny S. Yelin is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She practices complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, with a focus on individual and class action employment law. Ms. Yelin has worked with numerous clients in the public and private sectors to resolve actual or potential civil litigation concerning employment discrimination and wage and hour violations.

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T: 415-433-6830
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Jenny S. Yelin is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She practices complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, with a focus on individual and class action employment law. Ms. Yelin has worked with numerous clients in the public and private sectors to resolve actual or potential civil litigation concerning employment discrimination and wage and hour violations.

She also has experience with First Amendment law, complex consumer litigation, public employee pension law, disability access compliance, intellectual property issues, special education law, mandamus actions, and appeals.

Ms. Yelin has a Bachelor’s in Arts from Columbia University in New York and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Before joining RBGG, Ms. Yelin worked in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, first as an Impact Litigation and Social Justice Fellow and then as a Deputy County Counsel, where she specialized in affirmative litigation and labor and employment matters. Ms. Yelin also volunteers as a supervising attorney for the San Francisco Workers’ Rights Clinic operated by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Quinby v. ULTA: We achieved final approval of a $3.65 million settlement in a class action on behalf of 263 current and former store managers of ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (“ULTA”) stores in California.  We contended that ULTA misclassifies its store managers as exempt from overtime pay, even though they spend the majority of their time performing non-managerial tasks such as stocking shelves, working the cash register, and greeting customers.  Judge Orrick of the Northern District of California granted final approval of the class action settlement in January 2017.
  • Fry v. City of Los Angeles: We represent the Los Angeles Retired Firefighters and Police Association in a writ proceeding to restore adjustable retirement health benefits that the City of Los Angeles froze by ordinance in 2011. After prevailing in the trial court, we briefed and argued the case in the Court of Appeals. In 2016, the Court of Appeals ruled that the City Council should revisit adjustments to the health benefit annually, and remanded the matter to the superior court for further proceedings.
  • Castro v. Calicraft Distributors, LLC: We represent the defendants, a craft beer distribution company and its owners, in an action involving copyright and trademark infringement claims, as well as a related unfair competition claim.
  • Sunner v. Kenneth R. Turnage II General Contractor, Inc., d/b/a K2GC, Inc.: We obtained final approval of a $297,000 settlement of a class action in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of 60 laborers for a Bay Area construction company and its owner.  The alleged violations included requiring class members to perform hours of uncompensated work each week and forcing class members to drive their own vehicles to perform company business without mileage reimbursement. Judge Hernandez granted final approval of the settlement in February 2017.
  • Ramirez v. Ghilotti Bros., Inc.: In this complex class action on behalf of laborers alleging wage and hour violations against a major construction company, we obtained final approval of a $950,000 settlement with injunctive relief for the class. We also defeated the claims of company supervisors who asserted they should share in the settlement, even though they had perpetrated the alleged wage and hour violations against class members. Before the settlement was reached, we obtained a conditional certification of Fair Labor Standards Act claims and a published decision striking all of the defendant’s affirmative defenses.   See Ramirez v. Ghilotti Bros., Inc., 941 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (N.D. Cal. 2013).
  • Former CEO v. Software Company: We successfully obtained a favorable confidential settlement on behalf of a former chief executive and major shareholder of a software company after hard-fought litigation involving multiple causes of action and a cross-complaint in Alameda Superior Court.
  • Employees v. National Retailer: We represented three individuals against a major national retailer in federal court. The employees alleged age and disability discrimination, as well as violations of federal and state medical leave laws. We obtained a favorable settlement for the clients early in the litigation.

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016 Rising Star

Admissions

  • California, 2010

Professional Experience

  • Deputy County Counsel and Impact Litigation and Social Justice Fellow, Office of the County Counsel, Santa Clara County, 2010-2012

Community Service

Volunteer Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Clinic, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Jenny S. Yelin is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP. She practices complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, with a focus on individual and class action employment law. Ms. Yelin has worked with numerous clients in the public and private sectors to resolve actual or potential civil litigation concerning employment discrimination and wage and hour violations.

She also has experience with First Amendment law, complex consumer litigation, public employee pension law, disability access compliance, intellectual property issues, special education law, mandamus actions, and appeals.

Ms. Yelin has a Bachelor’s in Arts from Columbia University in New York and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Before joining RBGG, Ms. Yelin worked in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, first as an Impact Litigation and Social Justice Fellow and then as a Deputy County Counsel, where she specialized in affirmative litigation and labor and employment matters. Ms. Yelin also volunteers as a supervising attorney for the San Francisco Workers’ Rights Clinic operated by the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Quinby v. ULTA: We achieved final approval of a $3.65 million settlement in a class action on behalf of 263 current and former store managers of ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (“ULTA”) stores in California.  We contended that ULTA misclassifies its store managers as exempt from overtime pay, even though they spend the majority of their time performing non-managerial tasks such as stocking shelves, working the cash register, and greeting customers.  Judge Orrick of the Northern District of California granted final approval of the class action settlement in January 2017.
  • Fry v. City of Los Angeles: We represent the Los Angeles Retired Firefighters and Police Association in a writ proceeding to restore adjustable retirement health benefits that the City of Los Angeles froze by ordinance in 2011. After prevailing in the trial court, we briefed and argued the case in the Court of Appeals. In 2016, the Court of Appeals ruled that the City Council should revisit adjustments to the health benefit annually, and remanded the matter to the superior court for further proceedings.
  • Castro v. Calicraft Distributors, LLC: We represent the defendants, a craft beer distribution company and its owners, in an action involving copyright and trademark infringement claims, as well as a related unfair competition claim.
  • Sunner v. Kenneth R. Turnage II General Contractor, Inc., d/b/a K2GC, Inc.: We obtained final approval of a $297,000 settlement of a class action in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of 60 laborers for a Bay Area construction company and its owner.  The alleged violations included requiring class members to perform hours of uncompensated work each week and forcing class members to drive their own vehicles to perform company business without mileage reimbursement. Judge Hernandez granted final approval of the settlement in February 2017.
  • Ramirez v. Ghilotti Bros., Inc.: In this complex class action on behalf of laborers alleging wage and hour violations against a major construction company, we obtained final approval of a $950,000 settlement with injunctive relief for the class. We also defeated the claims of company supervisors who asserted they should share in the settlement, even though they had perpetrated the alleged wage and hour violations against class members. Before the settlement was reached, we obtained a conditional certification of Fair Labor Standards Act claims and a published decision striking all of the defendant’s affirmative defenses.   See Ramirez v. Ghilotti Bros., Inc., 941 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (N.D. Cal. 2013).
  • Former CEO v. Software Company: We successfully obtained a favorable confidential settlement on behalf of a former chief executive and major shareholder of a software company after hard-fought litigation involving multiple causes of action and a cross-complaint in Alameda Superior Court.
  • Employees v. National Retailer: We represented three individuals against a major national retailer in federal court. The employees alleged age and disability discrimination, as well as violations of federal and state medical leave laws. We obtained a favorable settlement for the clients early in the litigation.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2010. Development Editor, California Law Review.
  •  Columbia University, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 2004. Phi Beta Kappa.

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2016 Rising Star

Publications